When you own a business in the manufacturing industry, like a machine shop such as Smith Industries Ltd, preventing pollution has to be high on your list of concerns. You have at least two reasons to be concerned. For one thing, you are bound by local and national environmental law to limit the amount of pollution that comes from your shop. But you're probably also concerned about the environmental impact of your business because you care about your community and your local environment, and the health of your employees, coworkers, and neighbors. Take a look at some steps you can take to make your machine shop more environmentally friendly and reduce pollution coming from your business.

Beef Up Employee Training

Employee error can account for many spills, leaks, and accidental waste incidents that create unnecessary pollution. Improving employee training is a reliable and efficient way to reduce pollution in a machine shop setting.

In addition to new hire training, offer regular employee in-service training, with incentives for attendance. Train groups of employees for specific sensitive tasks, and assign only employees who have received the training to those specific tasks. By taking steps to train employees to specialize in specific tasks, you'll ensure a greater level of professionalism and caution in your workplace.

Pollution Control Begins at Home

By improving indoor air conditions in your machine shop, you'll improve the health and well-being of your employees, and set a good example regarding pollution control for those that work underneath you. You can begin by improving the air quality on the shop.

Other machine shop managers have taken advantage of innovations like mist separators to improve indoor air quality inside the shop. The mist separators clean oil mist from the air, removing contaminants and improving the smell and air quality inside the shop. Oil mist is known to cause cancer and other illnesses, so by improving the air quality in the shop, these managers also improved their employee's health and lives, and contributed to creating a workplace culture that seeks to avoid pollution. You can create the same kind of culture in your shop.

Increased Inspections

More frequent inspections can reduce pollution caused by leaks and spills. Tanks, pipes, filters, air systems, and automated flow controls should all be inspected regularly.

For the best chance of catching mechanical failures before they create leaks and spills, you should implement a detailed record-keeping system that logs the time, date, and result of any inspections. Some mechanical problems develop slowly, and are barely noticeable in day-today operations. A detailed log can give you a clearer overview of any patterns that might indicate a disturbing change in the way a machine or system is operating.

Improve Water Quality

You may not realize it, but the quality of the water coming into your shop can seriously affect the waste going out of your shop. You're using water in the medical finishing, cleaning and rinsing processes. If you have hard water coming into your shop, you may not be able to rinse as effectively, and scales can build up in your machines. If your water is high in certain contaminants like calcium, chloride, and magnesium, these minerals can build up and create sludge that then has to be cleaned out and disposed of. Improving the quality of the water coming in can reduce the amount of waste going out.

It's simple to improve the quality of water coming into your shop. A water softener or filter at the point of entry could make a great difference to your waste output and improve your operations at the same time. Have your water tested and consider putting in water filtration if the tests show that you have hard water.

Once you get started, you'll be able to identify many ways that you can reduce pollution in your shop. The more environmentally friendly your machine shop is, the better your operations and reputation will be.